Houston — METRO Bus Hits 2 Pedestrians at Bellaire Transit Center
Posted on Sunday, August 25th, 2019 at 8:32 pm by Williams Hart
At approximately 11 p.m. on Thursday, August 22, 2019, two pedestrians were injured after getting struck by a bus in Houston, Texas.
According to initial reports, a driver of a METRO bus lost control, struck a column, and two pedestrians who were at the stop at the Bellaire Transit Center on Bellaire Boulevard, near South Rice Avenue.
The two pedestrians were brought to hospitals for treatment. Meanwhile, there were 35 people on the bus at the time of the accident, and there were no reported injuries for the occupants.
The center was closed for a while as crews worked to clean up debris and to check that there was no structural damage.
The crash still remains under investigation.
It is unfortunate to hear of what happened to the pedestrians in this accident. Alas, there are countless other victims who suffered the same fate. Car accidents are a problem in this day and age, and yet, they still continue to happen on a regular basis. In statistics provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), car accidents occur almost every minute of every day, and for every 16 minutes, someone dies from a car accident. This can be translated to be about 6 million car accidents every year and about 37,000 people dying from them.
Car accidents are reported to be deadly for pedestrians particularly. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) estimates that the number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. is 6,000 in 2017. This is a 27% increase from 2007 to 2016, and it is said that the number in 2017 is a 25-year high.
Additionally, there are five states that had the most number of pedestrian fatalities in 2017, and these are California, Florida, New York, Arizona, and Texas. These states accounted for about 43% of pedestrian fatalities during the first half of 2017 despite the fact that they are home to only 30% of the U.S. population. The GHSA also claims that children and the elderly are the most vulnerable to this kind of accident.
An accident involving a bus is another particular kind of vehicular accident, and it is fairly common even though buses are often deemed as a safe mode of transportation. According to the NHTSA, between 2000 and 2007, there have been 1,093 fatal bus accidents, and from this number, about 1,315 people died, and 3,471 were injured. In other words, about 137 bus-crash-related fatalities occur every year.
Vehicular accidents, especially bus accidents and the auto-pedestrian ones, are quite difficult for the victims and their respective families. Thankfully, there are lawyers that specialize in bus accidents/auto-pedestrian accidents, so if you are a victim of this kind of accident, or you know someone who is, or you lost a loved one because of this, then please never hesitate to ask for help from these lawyers. They will help you in protecting your rights and in getting you the justice that you deserve.
If someone you love was seriously hurt or killed in an accident, you may be unsure of where to turn. The attorneys of Williams Hart have experience helping people through the aftermath of catastrophic accidents, and we can help you too. Contact our law firm at (713) 352-7071 to speak with an experienced lawyer today.
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